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  • ACHA #HiddenCatholicCollections 
    • The American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) Hidden Collections Project shines a spotlight on rare and unique content residing in the archives of Catholic institutions across North America. A new collection is added weekly. Collections contain photographs, letters, institutional reports, oral histories, and other materials documenting the Catholic experience over the centuries. They are relevant not only to the history of Catholicism, but also to the American, Canadian and Indigenous nations that inhabit the North American continent.

  • Catholic Library World (CLW)
    • CLW is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association. The full text is available via ProQuest and EBSCO. This award-winning journal includes hundreds of book & media reviews covering a range of subject categories, such as Theology & Spirituality, Pastoral, Professional, Children, and Young Adult. CLW is intended for those interested in the broad role and impact of various types of libraries. In the ecumenical spirit of Vatican II, CLW respects diverse Christian traditions as well as non-Christian. While it is a Catholic publication, CLW welcomes relevant articles from a variety of religious traditions. It is indexed in numerous indexes, such as Book Review Index, Library Literature and Information Science, and more.

  • Catholic Open Access Religion Journals                     
    • The list of 146 journals was compiled by Barnaby Hughes, CLA member and metadata editor for Catholic serials at Atla. His criteria for inclusion are: open access (OA), Catholic publisher/Catholic content, peer-reviewed, and focused on religion.  Of the 146 journals, 24 are published in the U.S., 94 are indexed in Atla, and 46 are listed in DOAJ. Most have MARC records in WorldCat. Contact Barnaby Hughes with questions or updates.


  • Women Religious History Sources: A Guide to Repositories in the United States
    • This initiative intends to provide scholars with an update to the last comprehensive resource on Women Religious Archives, Women Religious History Sources: A Guide to Repositories in the United States, edited by Evangeline Thomas, CSJ, and published in 1983.

      To search the directory, simply do a "Ctrl F" (press the Ctrl button and F simultaneously) - on your keyboard. A window will appear into which you can type your search term(s) and voila, you will be taken to matching terms in the document.


  • Preserving the Past, Building for the Future: The working paper from the 2018 Boston College Archive Conference.
    • Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives” was sponsored by Boston College, July 11-13, 2018. It brought leaders of religious communities, archivists and historians together to identify solutions to the issues that communities are facing in preserving and providing access to their archival legacies. A post-conference working paper - Preserving the Past, Building for the Future - outlines the major areas of concern for Catholic religious leaders, scholars and archivists who are invested in the long term preservation and use of these valuable collections as well as suggestions on going forward together. The paper provides a framework for considering possible solutions to specific challenges faced by each religious community and encouraging cooperation and collaboration among all constituencies
    • This is a report by Ithaka S+R, a service of Ithaka, the not-for-profit organization that also manages JSTOR and Portico. The study was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and focuses upon today's historians, specifically their academic and research needs. The study suggests how historians might be best assisted by research support providers.
    • The authors of this article focus on a citation study of the use of archives by researchers of Catholic history. Citation data was gathered from three Catholic history journals and analyzed for two specific attributes: the types of materials cited and the type of repository. The article's findings draw conclusions on collection development and archival description.
    • Comments offered by Kyle Roberts, Director of the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, and faculty member at Loyola University Chicago on the Presidential Roundtable, “The Future of Catholic History: What Do Graduate Students Want to Know?” at the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 10:30am in Denver.